World Malaria Day: Covenant University Seeks to ‘End Malaria for Good’
Every April 25, the world observes and recognises global efforts to control malaria scourge. This year was not left out as Covenant University joined the rest of the world to “End Malaria for Good.”
The University in its usual social responsibility and humanitarian gesture on Monday, April 25, 2016, organised free malaria test and treatment for the residents of Iju, a small community in the outskirts of Ota in Ado/Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The 631 adults and children at the programme were also offered free vaccination, blood pressure measurement, blood sugar screening, body mass index, dietary counselling and eye checks. The Long-Lasting Insecticidal Treated Nets were also distributed to pregnant women and nursing mothers, while eye glasses were given to those who needed it.
Speaking at the event, the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Shalom Chinedu, who stood in for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, noted that the event was the University’s effort at contributing her quota to the development of its immediate community.
He added that it was not the first time the University would be embarking on the eradication of malaria scourge in its host communities and enjoined the residents to ensure they keep their environments clean in order to live a malaria-free life.
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, Covenant University Community Development Impact Initiative Committee (CUCDIIC), Dr. Humphrey Adebayo, appreciated the staff of the University Health Centre, Society for Family Health, GreenLife Pharmaceutical Limited, Neimeth Pharmaceutical Limited and Iju Primary Healthcare Centre for their support.
The University’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Oluwafemi Modupe and the Matron, Iju Primary Healthcare Centre, Deaconess Abosede Adekeye, gave health talk on maintaining clean environment and how to use the Long-Lasting Insecticidal Treated Nets. World Malaria Day is celebrated every year with a theme focusing on the eradication of Malaria disease.